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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Bit of Blogging

While I've been busy, I've also been a bit lethargic about life lately. Try as I may, I cannot seem to get interested in much of anything for several months now. Bear with me while I ramble a bit.

Yes, missing in action for a while, but I'll be blogging more soon. Which reminds me of something I've been seeing lately—not as much blogging around the internet. I've noticed it with myself and definitely with others. I've cut my favorites severely since I'm tired of seeing the same ol' stuff going on. I'm tired of simply viewing a blog that is promoting its owner's merchandise or viewing the same vignettes 20 times or setting tables with different plates or promoting "sponsors" on their blog. To me, it's just plain boring. They can absolutely do anything they want, but I'm choosing to stay away from those blogs.

I've not gotten over watching videos on my Mac laptop since the surgery in April. I now know I've got to give it up. I'm not doing the things I need to be doing in life.

I've taken a 2 month leave of absence from my mission to deal with some personal things like the dreaded colonoscopy. Yuck! But it will soon be over. Then if that isn't enough, my left knee has been hurting. My son and hubby say it could be from the surgery on the right foot and the stress it puts on the left leg. This coming Friday will be my last day for PT on the foot/heel so I'm glad for that, and, yes, it has helped. I'll continue doing it at home though because the Achillles Tendon is still a bit tight.

So that's put me on a downward spiral with life. BUT this week I decided to get my backside in gear and do something around the house. I'm not one to change frequently, or change a lot, but I do change things.

For instance, notice the sofa below. I took off the slipcover to wash it (the skirt was filthy from visitor's shoes) and decided to leave it off for a while. I'm so glad I bought a washable slipcover; it washed beautifully but we had to spread it over 4 lawn chairs to dry it since it was so large and heavy for the dryer. I didn't want it to shrink either. But it was so big and heavy it took 2 loads to do it and even that was dicey! I also cut it down to 3 pillows instead of the 5 I had on there.

That sofa is almost 20 years old and still looks new. I just love it!

Then I decided I've got to get rid of some things in this house. So in our bedroom was a little footstool I had covered with a beautiful Waverly print years ago. I took it off when we moved here and stored the little footstool up in the attic. Last summer Love Bunny brought it down and parked it next to his bedside table. It's been there "holding" his clothes each night. It was just sitting there looking pathetic in its foam, soft stuffing covering and muslin that I thought I'd make another cover for it. Wasn't I just saying "get rid of some stuff"?! Sigh...

Well, one day I noticed a Battenburg lace small tablecloth I had stashed away and wondered if it would fit over it. Voilá, it fit just fine to cover the padding and muslin so I used some upholstery tacks to simply tack it. It took me all of 5 minutes to have a new little stool to have as an extra seat or a stool on which to prop one's feet on. Washable also! So now I don't have to sew least until I want to sew, which brings us to the next problem.

This sad and sorry looking craft and sewing room, which we're using more for food storage now. It's looked like this for almost a year. I usually just close the door and forget about it. There was way too much stuff in it. The antique school desk had to go. We took it out and it's now on Craigslist. I simply didn't have room OR need it. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I was an impulse buyer that day. I've curbed my spending dramatically!!!

I'll get to this before Christmas because I can feel my zeal coming back slowly. ;-)

A few roses from my garden today. They're still blooming. Aren't they just lovely? What would life be without beautiful flowers? God is so good to us!

If you've stayed with me this far on this post, thank you! I do tend to chat/ramble on too much. ;-)


  1. Been missing you terribly, sweetie. Glad to hear you are okay. I'm mia right now from my blog, too!! Too hot to do ANYTHING here in TX! No rain ~ wanna come do a raindance with me?!?

    Love you,
    Angelic Accents

  2. The sofa looks great. It makes me realize I need to get ours cleaned.

  3. Hi Connie! I've missed you. I hope you get your groove back on, but I can understand the lack of blogging. I just feel differently about it than I did but won't ever give it up. I just don't worry about it. I've lost so many readers, but I'm the one that enjoys going back and reading what I've posted and that's what counts. Hope to see you post more often, but I'll come visit whenever you decide to post. Take care of yourself!!

  4. Ive noticed its quieter online these days too. I think many folks have money troubles and cant be here. And I think life with all thats going on is just a priority. Im in and out myself these days. I post what I can when I can. I hear ya tho. Ive started deleting blogs that only post things to sell. I dont mind once in awhile but I want to read interesting things, not shop. And some seem to think they MUST post and do the same stuff over and over. I do try to keep mine lively but who knows if Im succeeding lol

  5. You sound as though you have been down, but coming up. Maybe the health problems havent helped. Anyway, it was so good to see your post today.

  6. Connie, I can't begin to tell you how glad I am go come here and find your smiling face. I've missed you so much.

    I hope to see you for Pink Saturday. You are one of our true Pink Queens.♥♥♥

  7. I am so glad to see you have a post! I hope the heel is doing better for you. I love the "new" couch look with the 3 pillows. My couches have Winnie the Pooh stuff animals on them (he is my favorite)

    I love the roses, they are so beautiful. I hope it is a good weekend for you!


  8. Good to hear from you. Sorry you have been kinda down...but hope you are on a steady mend. Sometimes all the "stuff" drags us down and we have to purge a bit. I know I do that fills back up though!!

  9. I sure was happy to see your comment on CITexas Gal today! I've missed you! I've been absent from Blogland quite a lot in the last few months, too. Been taking care of Family with greater needs than my need to Blog! I'm glad to hear you are on the mend. Hang in'll be back to 100% before you know it! Thanks for stopping by....Sue

  10. I recently posted something similar to this too. It's here if you would like to read it:

    The post before that one is also about my being MIA.


  11. Glad to hear you are ok, Connie. I've been wondering but what with traveling I've been lax in keeping up.

    I hope you will take a second to help me with this ~
    Would you be so kind to leave a comment on my BLOG ONLY, for the Miracle Makeover fund drive. Charlie, 8 yr. old, & his story are fabulous. Every comment brings us a $1 for the next person that will be sponsored.

    Have a beautiful weekend.
    TTFN ~

  12. Hi Connie Sweetie...
    I have so missed you sweet friend. I was getting worried about you. Glad to hear that you are doing well, and you are still moving along with your project.

    I love, LOVE this post. How pretty your sofa is. I love it, and you are right it does look brand new. I love that pillow in the middle of the sofa. It has the fruit, and I love seeing the cherries.

    That footstool is so cute. You did an awesome job. I love battenburg lace. What a wonderful idea.

    Well sweet girl, I am thrilled to see you post again. Hope you have a glorious weekend. Take it easy sweetie. Please stop over and leave a comment for the Miracle Makeover weekend. Every comment counts as $1.00.

    Many hugs sweet friend and so much love, Sherry

  13. Hi Connie. I'm sorry about your ailments and your future colonoscopy (I just had one; piece of cake). I prayed a lot before mine for the doctor to be careful and that all would be good results and it was; very thankful. Your couch turned out just right. I know what you mean about blogging. I go back and forth. I'm mostly keeping a journal and my daily happenings. It's for me and my parents to view and anyone interested. I hope you are better soon. Hugs, Kathi

  14. Good Morning Beautiful!!!

    I am sorry you've been a bit down/lethargic. I so understand that one! I do so hope your foot/ankle/heel & other leg will all be much much better very soon.

    I love the curtains in your living room! Georgous!

    Never forget you have friends out here in bloggy land who truly do keep you in our prayers!

    Luv Ya Gurly!

    Love & Prayers,

  15. So sorry to hear of your knee/foot trouble. Your craft room does, though, looks a bit like what I think Santa's workshop looks like. Hope you are feeling like your old self soon.


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